Category: Planner

Wedding Day or Personalized Gifts

Have you guys ever heard of PaperGemsCo. ?? If not you have to check them out and give them a follow. IG handle : @paper_gems_co Personally we are all about details here at Ciao Bella. So when it comes to Wedding day gifts for the Bride or personalized presents we are always in the shopping for something special. These are handmade with love and we couldn’t be happier with the way they look! It’s definitely a gift you will be proud of giving! Trust us when we say this will be a hit at anyone’s Wedding Day! Also a great gift to give for an Anniversary, Birthday or Celebration! Check out how cute they are! I have attached photos below for you to see for yourself!


A little bit about Paper Gems Co.


1. When did you start Paper Gems Co? 

2. When did you first start to paint/draw? Do you have a background in art?

3. How did you come to paint bottles? What was the first bottle you painted?

4. What events are the bottles most ordered for?

5. What is your favorite type of package to paint?

6. Do you have plans to expand in 2020? Or any new offerings?

1. (February, 2018) I’m coming up on my second anniversary of Paper Gems Co! I started out solely in the stationery industry, painting Valentine’s Day cards locally and for family and friends. At the time, I was finishing my last year as an entrepreneurship student at Baylor University, and was working on a hypothetical business model. Our final project was a full-blown business plan, so I decided to use my existing tiny Paper Gems Valentines Day cards business as my project. From then, it’s blossomed beautifully, and has reached into areas I never could’ve predicted! 

2. I began to draw and paint as soon as I could hold a crayon or brush! I created my first “official” painting when I was 4 of a giant close-up of Princess Ariel’s face. It’s still on the wall of my studio, and is a reminder of the depth of the natural passion and love which truly is the reason I’m doing what I am today.


3. Starting the business as a college kid in Waco, Texas, there was a bit of transitioning to be done moving back to my hometown while entering my professional life. One of my first friends in the design space here was Trisha Langlois, owner of Sophisticated Threads. She helped me attain a better grip on the industry, giving me advice for potential partnerships, design ideas and critiques, and the list goes on. The biggest thing that she did for me, though, was not originally intended as a favor, but we soon realized that it meant significant change was to come. She asked if I could figure out a way to paint in my watercolor style on a bottle of champagne for her best friend’s wedding shower. And that was it! I began experimenting with different surface media, and found a combo that allows me to maintain my watercolor style on glass bottles. Once that first bottle was posted, I started to understand what it would mean for Paper Gems Co in the future. My business is now split almost 20/80 between stationery products and my hand-painted bottles. 


4. Around 90% of my bottles are wedding or engagement elements. The remaining 10% range from anniversary gifts all the way to corporate ’thank you’ gifts. 


5. My all-time favorite and go-to (as you can probably see) is Veuve Cliquot. Not only is it an absolutely timeless, quality brand, but their label simply screams “class,” and that’s something that Paper Gems Co holds as a core value. Everything we create, regardless of whether it’s a high-class elegant bottle or a fun greeting card, is of the highest quality, refined, and tasteful. 


6. This year, I plan to expand into a few new areas: I’ll be offering many more creative wedding services, such as invitation and announcement artwork, place cards, and custom wedding memorial paintings. I’m currently working on a watercolor monogram line for all types of stationery: notecards, organization lists, gift tags, etc.  I’ll also be able to take more commissioned pet portraits and house landscapes, which I’ve always loved creating!


I’ve had so much fun working with my 2019 clients to create their one-of-a-kind gifts, each containing symbols of their lives, love, and celebration, whether that’s their golden retriever, wedding venue, Mardi Gras krewe, or LSU football.

I am truly inspired by each person I work with in seeing the amount of love they are pouring into their gift bottles, and trusting me to capture their vision for them! 

In case you’d like more about the process: Our painted bottles carry a lightness and elegance due to the use of watercolor paint. In order to achieve this, I apply a unique base coat comprised of a variety of media. I then paint 4 layers onto the glass, each drying before the next coat is applied. Once the layers have dried through-and-through, around 4 hours later, I am able to begin painting my client’s unique design, finish it with a tough acrylic coating, and wrap a white satin ribbon around the neck to top it off! 

The Face behind the designs! Cheers to this cutie, thanks for letting us feature you Sophia! We can’t wait to see what other designs you come up with! May you continue to prosper in your love for art, you are a natural at this! Keep it up. We are so proud of your work and love your Custom Bottles!

Sofia Ungarino
Paper Gems Co.
Owner & Artist

Mansion Celebrations

We wanted to do something fun! We gathered up some models and designed a Gatsby Themed 1920s inspired shoot, at this jaw dropping Estate & Mansion here in Orange County.


This Estate is phenomenal. It’s picturesque grounds make the perfect backdrop from any angle. 

 This charming & enchanting Estate, is the perfect location for your Dream Day Wedding, your next Event, Party, Celebration, Corporate Party, or Holiday / Company Gathering! Imagine hosting your next Cocktail or Private Party, Family Reunion, Special Occasion, Bridal Shower, Baby Shower here!! Venue + Rehearsal & Overnight Accommodations available at this property.

The Mansion is nestled on approximately 5 acres of land, has luxury living accommodations and entertaining at its finest. This Estate is comprised of an 18,000 square foot Main house and an impressive 5,600 square foot Guest House with 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms that can be rented out separately. Midway between both houses is a lush tropical resort style 30-foot pool engulfed in large rockscapes, waterfalls, hidden grotto, elevated Jacuzzi, and expansive terraces featuring imported African palms trees and it’s own Private Vineyard. 


We had all the glitz and glam styled for our day. From eye masks, twinkle lights, to black balloons. We filled the Estate with all the necessities to make due for a glamorous shoot!

We are super excited to share photos from our Photoshoot. We hope you enjoy them. Drop a comment a let us know what you think. Also we would love to hear your thoughts on a theme we should shoot for our next Photoshoot! Is there anything in particular things that comes to mind!?? If so, please —-Share!

That’s a wrap what a fabulous turn out. We are thrilled with the way everything came together. If you are interested and would like a personal tour of this venue please send us a message or contact us at 949.514.1651.

Morning Lavender

 

Have you ever heard of Morning Lavender?? If not, you will have to look it up.

Morning Lavender Boutique and Café is the cutest place ever to have any type of Event :

-Bridal Shower

-Baby Shower

-Birthday Party

-Gathering

-Or a special event

Located in the heart of Tustin, this little gem is a must see.

It’s open from 9am-7pm. And is easy to see, from the front you will see it’s beautiful Boutique and behind the boutique is the Café.

Before coming here, I always know parking in front of the shop is limited.

There are plenty of spots down the main streets so plan on walking a little bit.

We have been here a hand full of times to meet our Brides. They have a variety of Bridesmaids dresses and gowns in their showroom to choose from. We think it’s such a great place to have a meeting.

We hoped you enjoyed our review and little segment on this hidden gem. Stay busy and be beautiful! https://morninglavender.com/

XoXo- The Ciao Bella Babes

Wedding Tipping Etiquette 101

Would you like a cheat sheet of how to properly tip your Wedding Vendors?

Well, today we are here to tell you, we have made one especially for you!

We know how helpful it is when you know how to tip your Wedding Vendors. A lot of our brides often ask us, “how do we tip our Vendors?”

With this being said, we ask you, who do you think deserves to be tipped? And why?

Some vendors work for you during the whole planning process, others only for the week of, and leading up until your Dream day.

And then….there are those who only work the day of, but it could be more than your average work day, we are talking 10-18 hours of labor plus!

At the end of the day, when everything is said and done, you sit back and remember how special it was!

Who was the biggest part of your day, who went above and beyond for you? These are the people who deserve to be tipped.

There are so many Vendors who are responsible for making sure your day is seamless, fabulous and flawless. We must say these people need an extra round of applause.

Labor Day Party Ultimate Guide

Do you want to know how to throw an incredible Labor Day Event?

Of course right, who doesn’t! We thought so! Here is the Ultimate Guide! We are breaking it down for you. This is our top 10 ways to make it beautiful, fun, and exciting for everyone! All ages!

  1. Bring on the Bar!
  2. Hire a Food Truck or Catered food + Have a Sweet Treat Buffet Bar
  3. Design with the Ultimate Decorations
  4. Create a layout that is fun and functional. We like to incorporate a kids table and an Adult area.
  5. Hire an amazing staff!
  6. Have a themed backdrop / Selfie Station
  7. Bring on the beats! Have an iPod dock or hire a DJ!
  8. Add some fabulous floral!!!
  9. Rent tables, Chairs and themed linen!
  10. Enjoy your P-A-R-T-Y!

Party’s are meant to be enjoyed with the people you love the most ! — The Ciao Bella Babes

Photo Credits :

http://CiaoBellaWeddingPlanning.com

http://Pinterest.com

Rentals :

http://BakerPartyRentals.com

Sweet Treats :

http://SweetandSaucyShop.com

CBWP Celebrating International Woman’s Day Today

On a day like this, the Ciao Bella Babes would like to take a moment to show some love! Let’s go out of our way today, to lift each other up, to pick up the pieces, where others let fall.

To remind each other how beautiful life can truly be, when we sprinkle a little generosity!

At CBWP, we do not compare nor compete, but admire! We loveeeee love, to show love, to others in the industry, and leave a lasting impression.

As we go about our day today, let us be reminded not to judge, not to compare, nor compete. But to give words of encouragement, engage with others who you never have before. Give more compliments, share your secrets, tell someone you love them or their work! And how lucky you are to be apart of their journey, in their lives!

Let us spread the cheer and reach out to those far or near !

Today we celebrate you! A new you! A new beginning of being the best version of you, you can be! Cheers to us, cheers to the women we know, the woman we may raise, and the women we want to be! Here’s to a day, where we think more about others, to showing kindness, not weakness, to let’s others know we can strengthen the bond and relationship between other women! Who ultimately and unconditionally care for one another!

Food for thought : Let us be one. Woman who support woman, is the best thing! It’s a movement in itself.

We would love to hear from you. Write us below!

XXOO – Ciao Bella Babes

The Ultimate Guide to The Perfect Proposal

Ciao Bella’s Ulitmate Guide To The Perfect Proposal

1. Hire a professional !
2. They will help you find the perfect spot and location. They will help you design, decorate, stage and set up the proposal accordingly, with the right vendors. They will listen to your specific wants and needs and create a once in a lifetime moment.
3. They will make sure it’s magical !
4. They will hire a photographer and videographer duo for you.
5. Make sure you pick or choose a sentimental location or your personal planner can help assist you in doing so if you haven’t decided already !
6. Speak from the heart when you propose ! This is huge, and very important ! Don’t try to use big words to impress her you got this far right, just be you!
7. Don’t take too long- make it short simple and sweet!
8. Stay in the moment, it’s totally ok to be funny, silly or even laugh, it makes due for even better shots and footage for the photographer and videographer !
9. Look into their eyes when you are speaking, I know you might be nervous, and you will want to shy away from their eyes but steady contact is key ! Just try your best to focus, for that special second, on the way they look at that very moment in time and memorize it.
10. Then your coordinator and Personal planner, will plan for you and your fiancé { yes I said it fiancé !!! } to enjoy a limo ride to a candlelit dinner for the two of you , at your favorite resturant, where a table filled with rose petals, and bottle of your favorite bubbly will be waiting for you. { with your choice of any color rose petals – of course }

Call to get Rates or to Book The Ciao Bella Proposal Package today !

Xo – The Ciao Bella Babes

Wedding Estate Venues

This Hidden Gem is nestled away in the hills of Laguna Beach.

Enchanting and majestic this Historical Landmark, is the perfect place to say “I do!”

Host your next Celebration, Holiday Party, Event or Family Reunion here! This secret garden, is situated in the heart of Laguna Beach.

High Season: Prices may vary please call for rates and availability.

Low Season: Prices may vary please call for rates and availability.

Overnight Accommodations:
Up to 24 guests

The Low Down: Venue + Rehearsal & Overnight Accommodations available at this property ‘
Ceremony: 70 guests seated + Bridal Party
Reception: 80 guests

Venue Style: Tuscany / Garden Party / Spanish  /  mediterranean / Coastal / Suitable to accommodate all sorts of themes.

Venue Type: Estate / Villa / Private Mansion

Views: Ocean / Garden / Hills

Types of Occasions: This Venue is the perfect location for a romantic and intimate Wedding, Event, Party, Celebration, Corporate Party, Holiday or Company Gathering, Cocktail or Private Party, Family Reunion, Special Occasion, Bachlorette Party, Bridal Shower, Baby Shower, anything really, you name!

Our calendars are filling up quick and 2019 & 2020 is booking up fast, to reserve your dates, or to check availability, rates or to tour the Estate please email us.

This Secret Garden Estate is only 650 steps from Heisler Park and only 1000 steps to the pacific and sandy pristine beaches of sunny socal. This Hidden Gem offers fee WiFi and has been newly renovated.

Features 6 Villas and 7 total Exquisite Locations on this Hidden Gem :

Foxglove Studio 2 ppl
Heather Studio 2 ppl
Lavender Suite 3 ppl
Delphinium Suite 4 ppl
Violet Suite 4 ppl
Jacaranda Cottage 5 ppl

Historic Main Cottage : The Main Cottage or house is used for a Common area, the Kitchen Dinning Room, Living Space is for all the Villas.

Call : 949-514-1651

For more information, or to Schedule a meeting, to tour this Estate please email us.

By Appointment Only.

Budget Savvy Brides Listen Up

CAN WE GIVE YOU ONE MAJOR PIECE OF ADVICE

We promise, you will want… to thank us later!

Spend the money on a Wedding Planner, trust us when we say, it will end up costing you more money literally, if you don’t.

Any Wedding Planner knows how to save you money. But most of all they know where to spend it.

Your Wedding Planner knows how to make it look more expensive than it really is, by adding special touches, and details where it matters most.

Wedding Planners are here to give you the best advice, save you the most time & money, and they will guide you in the direction, towards the Wedding YOU deserve!

Not a DIY nightmare, that will end up driving you crazy, and your relationship in a downward spiral. We are being honest here, and we want to help you avoid any kind of disaster.

We know how challenging, planning your own Wedding can be. ( We have done it before, and trust us when we say it is NOT easy ) and how many countless hours, and time it takes away from your new phase, of the “Fiancé Engagement relationship”, is just ridiculous. You should not do that to yourself.

We know when Brides, start to take short cuts, or take on too many DIY projects, and start to spend way too much time calling vendors and comparing prices… that it has only just begun.

( Yet do you have any clue what things costs, or should costs, or how much you need to budget for each Vendor, or how much to save for your Big DAY ??? )

Biting off more than you can chew it is not fun for anyone. Especially not your fiancé, or your family members, nor is it fair for you.

Being a budget savvy bride doesn’t mean you are cheap. It means you are conservative, and you don’t want to splurge on this one day, that is bound to drain everyones bank accounts.

It’s for the brides, who are mature enough to say to themselves, what do I need, want do I want, and what can I live without.

From the Day you get engaged, it’s like a ticking time bomb. I mean…… am I right ladies??????!! This is suppose to be an EXCITING experience, isn’t it. Not a stressful one.

Ever wonder, how you are ever, going to afford the WEDDING of your Dreams?? When even, just hiring a Wedding Planner can seem unaffordable to you right now ?

We are here to help YOU!!!

Our Ciao Bella Planners are Budget Savvy, and ohh soooooo very knowledgable. Our Wedding Packages come with a Complimentary Creative Designer, who can help you design your one of a kind wedding. Your Wedding Planner will also work as their counterpart, to plan and coordinate your every need.

Now, We are going to give you a list of locations in our Hometown, that are fun, feasible, affordable and right by the Beach!!!

I know, I know, you think we are kidding, but we are not !!! HERE IS THE LIST!!

Ciao Bella Budget Savvy Laguna Locations:
1. North of Main Beach ( allowed in Laguna all year- round )
2. Rockpile Beach ( allowed in Laguna all year- round )
3. Picnic Beach ( allowed in Laguna all year- round )
4. Heisler Park Gazebo / & Heisler Park Grassy Lawn
5. Crescent Bay Park Amphitheater
6. Laguna Beach Art Museum
7. Forest & Ocean Gallery
8. Pearl St Beach ( Laguna Beach allows Weddings anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day )
9. Shaw’s Cove ( Laguna Beach allows Weddings anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day )
10. Moss Point ( Laguna Beach allows Weddings anytime between Labor Day and Memorial Day )

ALL WEDDINGS REQUIRE A PERMIT FROM THE CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH

MORE OF CIAO BELLA’S FAVORITE SAVVY LOCATIONS IN THE OC:
1. Ole Hanson San Clemente
2. Doheny State Beach Dana Point
3. Califia Historic Cottage San Clemente
4. Lantern Bay Park Dana Point
5. Heritage Park Dana Point
6. Baby Beach / Ocean Institute
7. Cannons Dana Point

ALL WEDDINGS REQUIRE A PERMIT IF IT’S OWNED BY THE CITY OF THE VENUE LOCATION

Alex + Ryan | Aliso Viejo Country Club

  • How sweet it is to be loved by you!

We have know the groom for quite sometime. His family lived in Laguna and we grew up together.

It all began when Ryan called us, we could heard the excitement in Ryan’s voice when he told us he proposed to Alex, he was so ecstatic! We could see his smile through the phone, knowing it went from ear to ear! He was eager and couldn’t wait to set up a meeting with us and his bride to be!

We met with Alex we were taken away by her smile, sweet personality and enjoyed hearing about her ideas and vision for her and Ryan’s Wedding!

Soon after the initial meeting, we of course began planning! These two were a delight to be around. They share a love so sweet and so deep! You can see it in their eyes and by the way they look at each other.

Take a peek for yourselves! Here are some special moments we captured on Alex and Ryan Schlegel’s Wedding day. Oh and did we mention they did shots together right after the Big IDo’s, check out the photos below to see for yourselves!

Enjoy love the Ciao Bella Ladies!

Vendors:

Photos below curtesy of the Ciao Bella Ladies behind the scenes

Planner: Christina with Ciao Bella Weddings & Events

Floral: Floral Designs by Diana

Apps: In and Out Truck

Muscians: Kalama Brothers

Wedding Photogrpaher: Nicole Caldwell